This is the first time in my young movie reviewing “career” that I have watched the Oscar nominations announced live, and it was awesome! There were a lot of surprises, and it was fun to see the crowd react to the announcements, and we even got a Hitler joke. I’d say it was a good way to spend my 7:30 am on school break.
As for the nominations, there were a lot of surprises and confirmed expectations alike. The thing that surprised me the most was the non-nominations of Best Director for 2010 winner Kathryn Bigelow [The Hurt Locker] and 2011 winner Tom Hooper [The King’s Speech] in their post-award-winning films Zero Dark Thirty and Les Miserables respectively. I have yet to see ZDT, but I thought the stage-like and innovative direction from Tom Hooper would warrant a nomination.
The category of death has to be Best Supporting Actor, because that line-up is stacked with not just great performances but actors who have all won in the category before.
The category for Best Actress has it’s oldest and youngest nominees ever: Emanuelle Riva  and Quvenzhané Wallis .
I think the list of adapted screenplays compared to original ones is very one sided on the adapted side, which surprises me. There isn’t a big threat for the original triple crown of Screenplay, Director, and Best Picture, other than Amour.
Beasts of the Southern Wild, although widely known as being great, got a lot of the big nominations, which surprised me. I hope to see that film this week.
Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom got a surprise nomination! It absolutely will not win the award, but that was really cool to see regardless.
It looks to be a great year at the Oscars this year. Make sure to join in on Sunday, February 24th to find out who wins!